Williams raises $1.4 million during primary, leaves $90,000 plus Barbour fundraiser for general election

06/21/2011 01:20 PM

Republican Senate President David Williams raised just short of $1.4 million during his gubernatorial primary election, using the last two weeks before the primary to try and bolster his campaign account.

Williams bested Louisville businessman Phil Moffett and Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw in the three-person primary field. Williams was also the only Republican gubernatorial hopeful able to raise enough money for TV ads.

In fact, Williams’ campaign spent $12,500 on TV ads during the last two weeks of the primary.

During that same time period, Williams raised $92,000 dollars and spent $209,000 dollars, without transferring anything to his general election account. That leaves Williams with $90,000 dollars at the end of the reporting date on June 16.

The report doesn’t include a large fund-raiser Williams had last week with Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, where the Williams’ campaign claimed to raise $500,000.

Combined, Williams would be just shy of $600,000 for his general election campaign against Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, who is carrying close to $4 million in his general election account at this point.

Some notable contributions on the 30-day post primary report are Jeff Ruby, the famous steakhouse owner, for $500; state Rep. Jim DeCesare, a Bowling Green Republican, for $500; and Williams’ wife, Robyn, for $1,000.

As for expenditures, Williams spent a lot on staffing, consulting and travel. That include footing the bill for his primary bus tour, a $2,250 in-kind contribution Williams gave for a 10-day bus tour during the primary.

-Reporting by Kenny Colston


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